A screengrab from ISIS propaganda video showing John Maguire, a former University of Ottawa student.

A screengrab from ISIS propaganda video showing John Maguire, a former University of Ottawa student.

Montreal to host conference on countering violent extremism

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Dozens of experts in various fields – from counterterrorism to social work and education – will gather in Montreal in November for Canada’s first professional training program on countering violent extremism.

The two-day training program organized by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University is tailored to people working in various United Nations agencies, diplomats, security experts, policy makers and human rights campaigners, said Kyle Matthews, senior deputy director at the institute and a Fellow at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute.

“It’s really to be the premier forum in Canada to discuss what can be done and find solutions to the growing global threat of violent extremism,” Matthews said. “We’re really trying to bring together a group of some of the top minds in Canada, to build a network of leaders that are going to move on and help us deal with this global scourge, which seems to be growing, not diminishing.”

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 A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014.
A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014. © Stringer . / Reuters

The meeting will bring together experts in security, religion, peace education and psychology to try to fuse together these various fields and understand violent extremism and its driving forces and propose strategies for dealing with it.

“We’ve been trying to deal with this problem for over a decade now, we’ve been deploying tactics, but we don’t have a grand strategy,” Matthews said. “And I think that’s going to be our aim, is to really create a strategy for Canada and a strategy for the world in succeeding in what has turned into a global fight with extremists.”

About 40 participants and a dozen speakers are expected to take part in the closed-door event that will take place at Concordia University on Nov. 16 and 17.

The participants will spend the two days discussing certain themes – from understanding radicalization, the role of social media, to developing counternarratives – participating in presentations and even doing role playing exercises, Matthews said.

Program participants can check political correctness at the door, Matthews said.

“We do that in order for people to really have honest discussions because we really found that a lot of people feel that having discussions about this issue could sometimes be fraught with problems and accusations.”

Matthews said he hopes the event will help put Montreal on the map as one of the top cities working on countering violent extremism.

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2 comments on “Montreal to host conference on countering violent extremism
  1. Al Anon says:

    Religion is the common thread among the vast majority of extremist acts.

  2. Jeannette Murrin says:

    I can only hope that there will be people with a backbone at this event. Those who are not going to shy away from controversy and are willing to ask the hard questions. And that there will be those brave enough to listen to the answers.
    Our future as a free and democratic society depends on those who are willing to stand up to adversity. Know that there are many of us who are standing behind you. We need a voice in this time of politically correct insanity.